South-west cricket rivalry to continue

Aidan Spence and Rob Oborne

Aidan Spence and Rob Oborne

COLAC district cricket representative selector Rob Oborne says a rekindled rivalry against Warrnambool provides a solid preparation for Country Week.

The CDCA will play the Warrnambool District Cricket Association for a second-straight season in a standalone match.

Officials have released an initial 24-man squad for the contest, which is also an extended Country Week line-up for the February tournament.

ColacWednesday25Nov024Oborne said the contest against the WDCA gave both associations a chance to have a hit out before the annual Country Week tournament against country Victorian cricket leagues in Melbourne.

The CDCA and WDCA shared wins in their two outings last season, with only one scheduled interleague match for 2015-16.

“Last year when we went down and beat them it was a good trip home and a great way for the group to bond before Country Week,” Oborne said.

“I don’t know if they took us lightly the first time we played them, because when they took us on the second time at Warrion they got one back on us.

“We played Warrnambool all the time in the old Corangamite zone, we used to have a good rivalry so it’s good we’re starting it up again.”

Oborne said officials were pleased with the squad of cricketers at their disposal for up-coming representative outings.

City United’s Sam Cardinal will skipper the team alongside Colac’s Aidan Spence, vice captain.

The squad boasts 2015-16 leading runs scorers, Joe, Levi and Dom Dare, of Stoneyford, Apollo Bay’s Darren Gill and Irrewarra’s Jeff Percy and Kane Quickensted.

Sharks quick Jacob McKenzie heads a young bowling attack with in-form Birregurra duo Jack Melican and James Rowan.

Selectors added City’s Jack Parker and Josh Weatherhead, who made a Division One century at the weekend, Apollo Bay recruit Dale Boyd, and Alvie’s Liam McGuane and Tim McKay.

Injured Colac West captain Dylan Flanigan is also expected to be fit for February’s tournament.

He joins seven other players that led the CDCA to fifth in a Division Three Country Week format last season, who are in contention to represent the association again.

Oborne said the CDCA was keen to expose the district’s promising young cricketers to Country Week this season.

“We’re hoping to take a 13-man squad to Country Week,” he said.

“For someone like Jacob McKenzie it’s another good opportunity for him to play some good cricket against different opposition.

“We’ll have some training sessions after the Warrnambool match and work out the squad from there.”

Oborne said officials were finalising the date for the match against the WDCA.

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